Free broadband plan put on hold


FCC Chairman Kevin Martin pulled a proposal from the June Open Meeting which would aim to allocate a wide swath of spectrum to one company in exchange for construction of a nationwide free broadband network. Concerns about bidding out the spectrum and possible censorship issues – the question involves steps to protect children from inappropriate content while allowing adults unfettered access to the web. The plan, which would strive to reach 50% of the US within four years and 95% within ten, will instead be penciled in for July, giving the other commissioners more time to study the proposal.